Sidewalk Festival of Performing Arts. A true community festival, with an amazing array of young talent, from hip hop and spoken word to experimental theater and modern dance. Held in the Old Redford/Brightmoor neighborhood of Detroit, in and around Artist Village, the first Saturday in August.
The Ark. Great place to see touring Alt-Country and Americana acts. Also popcorn.
Argus Farm Stop. All-local produce, nice people, corn growing on the roof. We’re here several times a week during the growing season.
Museum of Natural History (U Mich). Two words: dinosaur bones.
NeeHee’s. Vegetarian Indian street food in Canton. Makes the schlep to Ikea worthwhile. Or just skip Ikea.
Neopapalis. Cheap and cheerful pizza joint. Margherita with fresh mozzarella is arguably the best in town.
Washtenaw Dairy. Old-school ice cream shop, home-made doughnuts. We’ll often stop here after a long day hike, because ice cream.
Ypsilanti Auto Heritage Museum. Located in a former Hudson dealership, this is a great piece of MI history.
Ann Arbor Kayaking. City-run canoe and kayak liveries at Argo and Gallup parks, along the Huron River in town. Great way to cool off on a summer day.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Beautiful section of Lake Superior shore with exposed sandstone cliffs (a bit like the California Central Coast), great for hiking, kayaking.
Pinckney State Recreation Area. Easy-to-get-to park for day hikes, mountain biking, about 30 minutes from A2. Beach area at Silver Lake is a good family spot.
Timber Ridge Skiing. Old-school family resort near Kalamazoo. Hill is small, but it’s an easy day trip from A2.
White Lotus Farms. Great bread and dairy products. Eat homemade pizza, pet a baby goat. Life is good.